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Sleep Dentistry - A remedy for the Dentally Nervous?



Daniel Daniel Dentistry review - If you're someone who doesn't like dental appointments- and I mean who REALLY doesn't like dental appointments, to the point of being highly anxious, phobic or panicked about them- maybe you have wondered whether you will find there's way of having your dental care done without you needing to be aware of what's going on.

You'll be pleased to know that you can find options for people for example yourself! Your dental care could be carried out in a Dentist's office while you're sedated using Intravenous Sedation in an appointment that is sometimes referred to as "Sleep Dentistry".

It's important for you to know that "Sleep Dentistry" is really a misnomer- people seldom really go to sleep during a "Sleep Dentistry" appointment. However, most of the people who receive "Sleep Dentistry" really have an experience that they will interpret as 'I was asleep for my dental work'. Let's see what that actually means...

"Intravenous Sedation" is a term that describes the method of giving sedative drugs to someone through a vein. A lines are set up into the vein, by which a registered practitioner administers the sedative medications. The patient rapidly becomes drowsy and relaxed, as well as the dental treatment is done while they remain in this heavily sedated state. The sedatives used are strong, and do take a long time to wear off. However, people generally only need to remain under supervision inside the dental office for a short period after their appointment. If they're sufficiently recovered to depart the dental office, they do so under the supervision of the adult family member or friend, who then must stay with them in your own home until the effects of the sedation are totally gone.

This type of sedation can be called 'Conscious Sedation' because the patient remains conscious constantly during the appointment (unlike a broad anaesthetic where these are completely unconscious). Patients will be so relaxed that they can doze off a little, in case your dentist asks them a question they are easily roused and will generally answer it.

You might be wondering how a conscious patient could ever reference intravenous sedation as "Sleep Dentistry"?

The result lies in one of the unwanted side effects of the sedative drugs that are used: most patients undergoing intravenous sedation get each year some level of amnesia. They will often remember arriving at the dental office, they may remember parts of the trip home, but they seldom remember many details whatsoever about the dental treatment itself. As much as they are concerned, we were holding 'asleep' during the entire appointment- hence the description "Sleep Dentistry".

Intravenous Sedation for Dentistry isn't without risks, however, your dentist will always discuss all of them you before you make your appointment. Simply a well-trained and registered team of professionals can deliver this manner of sedation. It can be for this reason that only a couple of Dental Practices ever offer the service. Your National Dental Association are able to help you find an appropriately qualified and registered practice locally.

Of course, intravenous sedation for dentistry won't cure a dental phobia or high dental anxiety. It will, however, provide an option for people who otherwise may well not seek the dental treatment they might need, and knowing that it can be available can make patients feel a lot more relaxed about ongoing dental treatments.